Speaking Thursday afternoon to a standing-room-only crowd at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Warriors forward Draymond Green detailed why he feels so strongly that “chairman” should replace the term “owner” in sports. “When you look at the word ‘owner,’ it really dates back to slavery,” said Green, who spoke to several hundred students and faculty at Harvard ahead of Thursday night’s nationally televised game against the Celtics. “The word ‘owner’ and ‘master’ dates back to slavery. However it was then, if you were a slave owner, it’s kind of your job. You owned slaves. They did the work for you. You sold the cotton. We just took those words and continued to use them.” Last month, as part of an Instagram post condemning remarks by Houston Texans CEO Bob McNair, Green wrote: “For starters, let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset.” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was offended by the connotation Green was seemingly trying to attach to owners in professional sports.
Draymond Green responds to Mark Cuban’s criticism over use of term ‘owner’
San Francisco Chronicle | Nov 17